Start a Successful Blog in 3 Easy Steps
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Nowadays it is so popular to have a blog and everyone is talking about it. I remember the first time I had the idea in my mind about owning my blog I had so many questions in my head. After hours and hours of research I realized that everyone is talking about some bits and pieces but no one covers the whole issue altogether.
When I wanted to start blogging I did not want to invest money in it and I thought that I can figure the whole thing out. After so many trials and errors and the help of so many people I did it. So I have decided that I want to help others replace their job and start blogging.
Here is How to Start a Blog
At the beginning you have to do 3 things:
- Choose your blogging platform
- Find the right domain name and host for you
- Customize your blog
And the last thing is the most challenging for many bloggers and that is getting traffic and making your blog successful.
- Choose your Blogging Platform
When it comes to blogging platforms there is a lot to choose from but I will suggest WordPress.com. It is free to use and the best part is that it is so easy to set up. You can choose from hundreds of plugins and themes to make your blog appealing.
If you are just starting you can use some of the free blogging platforms but only until you get used to the idea of blogging. I know I have spent only couple of days on a free blogging platform and I realized that I want more. I want my blog to look more professional and I am planning to make it successful. There are many limitations that I am not even going to mention here only the worst one, and that is you cannot monetize your blog. For that reason you need your own domain name and hosting. This way you have the power over your content and you make the rules!
Domain Name and Web Hosting Provider
The two most important things you need to get started is a domain name and a web hosting in order to set up a self hosted blog. I have found my domain name and my web hosting on Host1Plus and I have only words of praise for them. Anytime I have an issue, mostly because I was making many mistakes at the beginning, they are very attentive and resolve anything very fast.
If you still do not know what domain name is let me explain it to you. This is your blog address where people can find you. My domain name is http://wellnessandlifestyle.co.uk and you have to choose what your new blog is going to be about and use it as a domain name.
Web hosting is where all your content and your blog address will live. Imagine this as a hard drive where you will store all your images, articles and so on. There are 3 different web hosting plans on Host1Plus and you can choose the one that best suits you.
I haven`t tried any other web hosting company but I have to say that Host1Plus works well for me so I am not planning to change it. It has a great performance and the customer support is the best so I would suggest that this is the best pick especially for beginners such as myself.
- Set up the blog with your own domain name
Then you have to pick a domain name. Be very careful when you are choosing for a domain name because it is very important, not to say crucial. If you do not you cannot build a blog and make a brand and then all of a sudden change the name of your blog. If you have built a brand you want to stick to it. Avoid long and nonsense names, they usually do not stick in someone`s head. It needs to be as short as possible and describe your blog. You want to build an identity after all.
Choosing an extension is also important. People trust extensions like .com, being the most popular and .org or .net. Avoid long and crazy ones no one has ever heard of. But be careful your ideal domain name might not be available so you have to make some adaption.
Choose your blog hosting plan that is best for you, and in case you want to upgrade you can do it later on.
Once you have registered then you can install WordPress. This is a very simple process, you need to log in to cPanel and click on the WordPress icon and then “Install WordPress”.
- Setting Up a Theme
The most interesting part when you sign in to WordPress is picking up a theme. On your Admin dashboard you can find the themes under Appearance > Themes where you can search for free themes to start off.
You can also purchase themes that have already been pre-made on Creative Market.
You should follow these steps to set up a blog in any niche. At the beginning you can share your work with your family and friends to get the traffic flowing but later you should connect with fellow bloggers to gain more exposure.
One last piece of advice is to set up a Facebook Page, Pinterest, Flipboard and Google+ for your blog where you can share all your hard work. Always try to use the same name as your blog for your user name so you won`t confuse your readers and also to make it easier for them to find you.
Freelancer, blogger and a world citizen.